Saturday, 27 August 2016

Saint Joseph Calasanctius. Confessor. Feast Day, Today, 27 August.


Text from The Saint Andrew Daily Missal,
unless otherwise stated.

Saint Joseph Calasanctius.
Confessor.
Feast Day 27 August.

Double.

White Vestments.



English: Church of Saint Thomas, Zaragoza, Spain.
The Altarpiece is of San José de Calasanz (Saint Joseph Calasanctius.
A painting by José Luzan. Dated 1767.
Español: Zaragoza - Iglesia de Santo Tomás o de los Escolapios -
Retablo de San José de Calasanz - Pintura de José Luzán de 1767.
Photo: 26 December 2009.
Source: Own work.
Author: Ecelan.
(Wikimedia Commons)


The Church, having just Celebrated The Feast of The Assumption, Venerates on this day a Saint who had a special Devotion to Our Lady.

Saint Joseph Calasanctius was born in Aragon, Spain, of a noble family, and, from his youth, showed his Charity towards children. While studying Theology at Valencia, he had to defend himself against the enticements of a powerful and noble lady, and made a Vow to enter into Holy Orders.

Having become a Priest, he was apprised by Divine Revelation that he was destined to teach and to train children, especially those of The Poor (Offertory).

He Founded, in consequence, The Order of The Poor Clerks Regular of The Pious Schools of The Mother of God (Collect) [Editor: Latin: Ordo Clericorum Regularium pauperum Matris Dei Scholarum Piarum, Sch. P. or S. P., or, in short, Piarists].



English: The Logo of The Order of The Poor Clerks Regular
of The Pious Schools of The Mother of God. Or, The Piarists.
Español: Escudo de los Escolapios.
Photo: 28 November 2010.
Source: Own work.
(Wikimedia Commons)


Like Jesus, he let little children come to him (Communion) and taught them to fear God (Introit). Wherefore, the Gospel repeats the consoling words of The Master: "Whosoever shall receive one of these little ones in My name, receiveth Me."

"What is there greater," writes Saint John Chrysostom, "than to discipline minds, than to form tender youths to good habits ? God has shown us that their Souls are worthy of such zeal and of such solicitude that, for them, He did not spare His Son." [Lessons of The Third Nocturn at Matins.]

Saint Joseph Calasanctius died in 148 at the age of ninety-two.

Mass: Veníte, fílii.



English: Saint David depicted in a Stained-Glass Window
in the Chapel of Saint Joseph Calasanctius, Kyjov, Czech Republic.
Čeština: Svatý David. Vitráž v kapli sv. Josefa Kalasanského v Kyjově.
Zhotovila firma Veselý a Verner, malba oken chrámových, Praha - Karlín.
Photo: 1 June 2012.
Source: Own work.
Author: Radek Linner.
(Wikimedia Commons)

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